The Future of the Schengen System (2013:6)


The Schengen system is one of the core achievements of the European integration process. This system, which permits those who are present in any of the Schengen States to cross the borders without being checked, assumes a considerable degree of harmonization and mutual trust among those states. That trust has occasionally been challenged when individual Member States have reintroduced internal border controls. The principles governing the Schengen co-operation have therefore been under review and in 2013 the EU institutions agreed on new rules. In this report, the author, Professor Steve Peers, discusses this new set of rules and their significance for the free movement in the EU.

The publication is part of SIEPS´research project Internal and External Dimensions of a Common Asylum and Migration Policy.

Steve Peers is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Essex, United Kingdom.